Call us on 06 857 7731 and make an appointment as soon as you know the related work will be ready to be inspected.
We require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice and will usually be able to inspect the work within 24 to 48 hours.
Up to three days’ notice may be required at times of high demand. Please be aware that requests for exact inspection times and particular Building Officers cannot always be accommodated.
Note: If your consent is older than 6 years from date of issue then the inspection request will be referred to the Building Team Leader Inspections prior to any booking being confirmed.
Inspection means taking all reasonable steps to ensure building work is done in accordance with a building consent. Your consent will include a list of inspections that Council believes necessary to ensure your building work is done in accordance with your consent.
Under the Building Act Section 90, all building consents are subject to the condition that Council (as the building consent authority) may authorise agents who are entitled to inspect*:
*Section 90 states these agents may inspect at all times during normal working hours or while building work takes place.
For an inspection to take place, the approved plans and documentation must be available on site. The Building Consents Officer will be inspecting the building work against these approved documents. If we arrive on site and the documentation is not available we will not undertake the inspection. We will however bill you for our time.
If work is not ready to be inspected, the officer will either fail the inspection or walk away and not carry out the inspection. In either case, you will have to book another one. If you are not ready, please cancel the inspection so that the time slot can be used by someone else. Repeat inspections will incur additional costs.
Arrange safe access to the building or building work. The Building Consents Officer may refuse to undertake inspections if the site is deemed unsafe or access is unsuitable. Safe access must be supplied to “off the ground” areas.
It is preferable that the owner or an agent be available on site for all inspections, while we appreciate that this may not always be possible it is mandatory that for final inspections the owner or their representative is on site.
During an inspection, the building officer checks that the construction complies with the approved plans and specifications for the building consent. Inspection checklists are completed during the inspection. All items listed, big or small, must be compliant with the approved building consent documents (plans and specifications) in order for the Building Consents Officer to pass the inspection. The inspection results are automatically saved into the system.
Three typical outcomes of an inspection include:
Note: Re-inspection of the failed items maybe required before you continue
At the end of an inspection, the outcome of the inspection is given verbally and the inspection report is emailed to the owner/agent and tradesperson.
A Council must issue a notice to fix for any work that doesn't meet the requirements of the Building Act 2004 or Building Regulations, which includes the Building Code. For example a notice to fix may be issued for building work not carried out in accordance with a current building consent or perhaps work that does not comply with the Building Code. A notice to fix is the commencement of formal proceedings to achieve compliance with the Building Act or Regulations. If a notice to fix is issued, a letter explaining the process will accompany the notice to fix.
A notice to fix is issued to a specified person/s. A specified person may be:
The notice to fix will:
It is an offence under section 168 of the Building Act 2004 failing to comply with a notice to fix.
Enforcement of notices to fix is undertaken by the Territorial Authority.
Should it become necessary to change the design part way through the project a formal application to amend the building consent will be necessary and this will follow the same process as a building consent application.
Minor changes such as repositioning a door, bracing element or substituting a material for a similar product (eg interior linings) is a minor variation and can be discussed with and approved by the Building Consents Officer on site. Outcomes will be recorded on the building consent file and you may be required to provide an as-built plan.
This terminology should help you identify what inspections you need and when.
The number of inspections on the building consent job copy are calculated as
nearly as is practically possible. This has been estimated using what we
anticipate as the most likely course of construction.
At completion of the job the final tally of inspections are calculated in the office,
and if extra were required for legitimate reasons, then the owner / consent holder
will be invoiced at that time.
When inspections are failed owing to incorrect construction and they are not items that could be re-checked when on the next
visit. Then the consent holder shall be invoiced individually for each one at the timethat they have been failed. It will list the date of the fail and the reasons for the fail.
An example of this would be if the foundations were incorrect according to the plans or NZS3604 (being the most commonly used detail). This would require a re-inspection prior to any further work and will be charged.
If however the failed item was relatively minor, and could be re-inspectedquickly along with another booked inspection, it may not be charged. This will be at the discretion of the building department Team Leader. An example of this could be that the insulation to the walls is missing at a pre- lining check. If the plumbing pre-line check was for a later date, the insulation for the walls could be easily seen at that inspection, and may not be charged for.
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